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The Huffington Post
Huffington Post Logo.png
FoundedMay 2005
Headquarters770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003[1]
Founder(s)Arianna Huffington (major)
Kenneth Lerer
Jonah Peretti
Andrew Breitbart
Key peopleArianna Huffington (editor-in-chief)
Jimmy Maymann (CEO)
Roy Sekoff (editor)
Anne Sinclair (French edition editor-in-chief)
Slogan(s)"The Internet Newspaper: News, Blogs, Video, Community"
Alexa rankDecrease 93 (December 2014)[2]
Type of sitePolitical weblog
Available inEnglish, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Portuguese, Korean, Greek
LaunchedMay 9, 2005
Current statusActive
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The Huffington Post
Huffington Post Logo.png
FoundedMay 2005
Headquarters770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003[1]
Founder(s)Arianna Huffington (major)
Kenneth Lerer
Jonah Peretti
Andrew Breitbart
Key peopleArianna Huffington (editor-in-chief)
Jimmy Maymann (CEO)
Roy Sekoff (editor)
Anne Sinclair (French edition editor-in-chief)
Slogan(s)"The Internet Newspaper: News, Blogs, Video, Community"
Alexa rankDecrease 93 (December 2014)[2]
Type of sitePolitical weblog
Available inEnglish, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Portuguese, Korean, Greek
LaunchedMay 9, 2005
Current statusActive

The Huffington Post (sometimes abbreviated Huff Post or HuffPo) is an American online news aggregator and blog founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, Andrew Breitbart,[3][4] and Jonah Peretti, featuring columnists.[5] The site offers news, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news.

The Huffington Post was launched on May 10, 2005, as a liberal/left commentary outlet and alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report.[6][7][8] On February 7, 2011, AOL acquired the mass market[9] Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.[10][11] In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.[12]

In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked #1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank, which bases its list on each site's Alexa Global Traffic Rank and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast.[13]


The Huffington Post was founded by Arianna Huffington in May 2005[14] and launched on May 9. It has an active community, with over one million comments made on the site each month.

Prior to The Huffington Post, Huffington hosted a website called Her first foray into the Internet was a website called which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton and was a rallying place for conservatives opposing Clinton.[15][16][17]

In August 2013 the website banned anonymous comments.[18]

Local editions[edit]

In approximately June 2008 the site launched its first local version, HuffPost Chicago.[19] In June 2009 HuffPost New York[20] was launched, followed shortly by HuffPost Denver[21] which launched on September 15, 2009 [22] and HuffPost Los Angeles.[23] launched on December 2, 2009,[24] 2011 saw three new regional editions: HuffPost San Francisco since July 12, 2011,[25] HuffPost Detroit,[26] launched on November 17, 2011,[27] and HuffPost Miami, online since November 2011.[28] The most recent addition is "HuffPost Hawaii," launched in collaboration with the all online investigative reporting and public affairs news service Honolulu Civil Beat on September 4, 2013.[29]

International editions[edit]

The Huffington Post launched its first international edition, HuffPost Canada, on May 26, 2011.[30] On July 6 of the same year, the Huffington Post UK launched its UK edition.[31] On January 23, 2012, Huffington, in partnership with Le Monde and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes, launched Le Huffington Post, and the launch of French-language edition is the first in a non-English speaking country.[32] On February 8, another French language edition was launched in the Canadian province of Quebec.[33] On May Day, a US-based Spanish-language edition launched under the name HuffPost Voces, replacing AOL's Hispanic news platform, AOL Latino.[34] The following month an edition for Spain was announced, as well as one for Germany.[35] On September 24, an Italian edition, L'Huffington Post, was launched, directed by journalist Lucia Annunziata in collaboration with the media company Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso.[36] On May 6, 2013, an edition for Japan was launched with the collaboration of The Asahi Shimbun, the first international edition in an Asian country.[37] With the launch of Al Huffington Post there is a third francophone edition, this time for the Maghreb area.[38] On October 10, Munich-based Huffington Post Deutschland has been put online in cooperation with the liberal-conservative magazine Focus, covering German-speaking Europe.[39] On 29 January 2014, the Brazilian version was launched as Brasil Post, in partnership with Abril Group, the first ever in Latin America.[40] In September 2014 Huffington Post announced they will launch in Greece, India, and introduce HuffPost Arabi, an Arabic version of the website.[41][42]

Vertical organization[edit]

In 2011, after its purchase by AOL, The Huffington Post subsumed many of AOL's Voices properties (including AOL Black Voices, which had originally independently established in 1995 as, and AOL Latino). The Voices brand was expanded in September 2011 with the launch of Gay Voices, a vertical dedicated to LGBT-relevant articles. Other established sections, such as Impact (launched in 2010 as a partnership between Huffington Post and Causecast),[43][44] Women, Teen, College, Religion and the Spanish-language Voces (en español) are also sorted under the Voices meta-vertical.

By late 2013, however, The Huffington Post was taking steps to operate as more of a "stand-alone business" within AOL, taking control of more of its own business and advertising operations, and focusing efforts on "premium advertising".[45]


In addition to columns by Arianna Huffington and a group of contributors such as John Conyers, Harry Shearer, Jeff Pollack, and Roy Sekoff, The Huffington Post has many bloggers—from politicians and celebrities to academics and policy experts—who contribute on a wide range of topics. Specialist contributors include spiritual author Craig Taro Gold[46] and health expert Jeff Halevy.[47]

Celebrities are allowed to post blogs on the site, and a number have opted to do so over the years. In many cases, such as that of Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, content is cross-posted among multiple sites.[48]

The site also publishes columns by specialists in a wide range of fields such as Cenk Uygur, Anand Reddi on global health issues, Alice Waters on food, Taryn Hillin Associate Editor of Weddings and Post Divorce, Harold Katz on dental health, Suzie Heumann on sex, Diane Ravitch on education, Frances Beinecke and Phil Radford on climate change and the environment, Jacob M. Appel on ethics, Howard Steven Friedman on statistics and politics, Auren Hoffman on business and politics, Jon LaPook on medicine, Cara Santa Maria on science, Nancy Rappaport on child psychiatry, and Iris Krasnow on marriage. Colon cancer survivor and awareness advocate Eric Ehrmann, one of the original contributors to Rolling Stone in 1968, has been part of HuffPo's signature group of bloggers since 2009, posting independent political commentary on The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post UK, Le Huffington Post, El Huffington Post, and "Al Huffington Post Maghreb". It publishes scoops of current news stories and links to selected prominent news stories.[49] Author and former Hollywood story analyst Julie Gray writes for the post.[50]

The Huffington Post '​s OffTheBus is a citizen-powered online news organization that is a collaboration between The Huffington Post, New York University (NYU), and Jay Rosen's NewAssignment.Net.[51][52] The Huffington Post '​s FundRace is a website that tracks contributions to the presidential campaigns and includes a mapping feature that shows contributions broken down by city, neighborhood, and block.[53]


In August 2006, The Huffington Post announced that SoftBank Capital would invest $5 million in the site, which had grown in popularity in only a year, to help expand it.[54] Plans included hiring more staff to update the site 24 hours a day, hiring in-house reporters and a multimedia team to make video reports. Alan Patricof's Greycroft Partners also invested. The news marked the site's "first round of venture capital funding".[55]

The site has now invested in video blogging, with many of the site contributors contributing via video, capturing clips in the media and posting them on the site.

In November 2008, The Huffington Post completed $15 million fundraising from investors to finance expansion, including more journalism and the provision of local news across the United States.[56]

On February 7, 2011, AOL announced it would acquire The Huffington Post for US$315 million. As part of the deal, Arianna Huffington became president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, including The Huffington Post and existing AOL properties Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater (now[when?] HuffPost Celebrity), AOL Music, AOL Latino (now HuffPost Voices), AutoBlog, Patch and StyleList.[11]

Controversies and criticism[edit]

Alternative medicine and anti-vaccination[edit]

The Huffington Post has been criticized by several science bloggers, as well as online news sources, for including articles by supporters of alternative medicine and anti-vaccine activists and for allegedly censoring rebuttals written by science bloggers before publishing them.[57][58]

Steven Novella, president of the New England Skeptical Society, criticized The Huffington Post for allowing homeopathy proponent Dana Ullman to have a blog there:

Dana Ullman, a notorious homeopathy apologist, actually has a regular blog over at HuffPo. For those of us who follow such things, the start of his blog there marked the point of no return for the Huffington Post – clearly the editors had decided to go the path of Saruman and "abandon reason for madness." They gave up any pretense of caring about scientific integrity and became a rag of pseudoscience.[59]

Labor disputes[edit]

In February 2011, Visual Art Source, which had previously been cross-posting material from its website, went on strike against The Huffington Post.[60]

In March 2011, the strike and the call to boycott The Huffington Post was joined and endorsed by the National Writers Union (NWU) and the Newspaper Guild (TNG)[61] The boycott was dropped in October 2011.[62]

In April 2011, The Huffington Post was targeted with a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed in United States District Court in New York by Jonathan Tasini on behalf of thousands of uncompensated bloggers.[63] The suit was dismissed with prejudice on March 30, 2012 by the court, holding that the bloggers had volunteered their services, their compensation being publication.[64]

Political views[edit]

Although Arianna Huffington has stated that her paper is "not positioned ideologically in terms of how we cover the news," representatives of the Republican Party have indicated that they believe The Huffington Post '​s headline writers, bloggers, and commentators are hostile to their views and tend to negatively spin articles, and especially headlines, about Republican Party candidates.[65] According to Michael Steel, press secretary for Republican Party House leader John Boehner, Republican aides "engage with liberal websites like The Huffington Post [anyway, if for] no other reason than [because] they drive a lot of cable coverage."[65] Jon Bekken, journalism professor at Suffolk University, has cited The Huffington Post as an example of an "advocacy newspaper."[66] Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto mockingly calls it the "Puffington Host." [67]



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